Pollardia pterocarpa [Lindley] Withner & Harding 2004 Photo by © Eric Hagsater and The Epidendra Website

Another Color Variation Photo byWeyman Bussey.


Common Name The Winged Seedpod Pollardia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

A medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte and sometimes lithophyte, that is endemic to the wooded slopes of western Mexico in oak trees at elevations of 550 to 2200 meters with widely spaced, stalked, ovoid, somewhat flattened pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by 2, scarious sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, apical, narrowly linear, acute, conduplicate below and basally clasping leaves that blooms variably throughout the year on an apical, 6" [16 cm] long, erect, racemose inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb as a new one develops, with basal, scarious, triangular sheaths, and is the length of the leaves or less and carrying 4 to 12, small, simultaneously opening flowers.

Synonyms Encyclia pterocarpa (Lindl.) Dressler 1961; Epidendrum cinnamomeum A. Rich. & Galeotti 1845; *Epidendrum pterocarpum Lindl. 1841; Prosthechea pterocarpa (Lindl.) W.E. Higgins 1997; Pseudencyclia pterocarpa (Lindl.) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Epidendrum pterocarpum; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum pterocarpum; ORQUIDEA (Méx.) 8(2) MARZO 1982 drawing/photo fide Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Encyclia pterocarpa; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 as encyclia pterocarpa photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 21 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; *The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 as Epidendrum pterocarpum drawing fide;